SCHUCHART MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK TRIUMPHS IN JACKSON NATIONALS

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JACKSON, Minn. (June 27, 2021) – Logan Schuchart let out his best Ric Flair impression in Victory Lane on Sunday at Jackson Motorplex, where he mastered the final three quarters of the 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals main event to earn the $50,000 top prize.

“Hell yeah, man,” he exclaimed. “$50,000. Woooooooo!”

Schuchart was just as entertaining in the arena as the ‘Nature Boy’ while putting it on his opponents, winning the highest-paying World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature so far this season by more than four seconds and lapping half of the field. The victory was his second straight at the crown jewel event and it made Schuchart one of five different winners during six nights of THE SHOWDOWN competition within the last eight days.

Schuchart took the lead on the start of the 35-lap race, but a caution on the opening lap set up a complete restart. David Gravel capitalized by darting from third into the lead after hitting the bottom in turns one and two and executing a slide job on Schuchart in turns three and four.

Gravel led the first seven laps before the second-and-final caution came out on Lap 8 when Donny Schatz, who was running fifth, stopped on the track. Gravel chose the inside lane for the double-file restart, but didn’t launch into the lead when the green flag was waved. Gravel and Schuchart stayed side by side throughout three quarters of the lap before Gravel slid across the track in turns three and four. Schuchart turned underneath the slide job and narrowly led the lap.

That was as close as anyone got to Schuchart during the remainder of the race as he pulled away in traffic.

“You never know how long you should push,” he said. “This is probably the best track we’ve had all week and it was during the day. The other night I started to be a little conservative to conserve tires and then Kerry (Madsen) blows right by me.”

The aggressive approach on Sunday worked as Gravel finished 4.454 seconds behind Schuchart.

“He was good in lapped traffic,” Gravel said. “I wish I had a better restart. It kind of stumbled and he got a run on me. He had the dominant car in traffic. I wish I had that chance to try to control the race in the lead.

“If we got to do it again we’d probably do a couple of things different. It’s a little disappointing, but nothing to hang our heads about. It’s definitely a positive day.”

World of Outlaws points leader Brad Sweet passed Kerry Madsen, who won both preliminary nights, on Lap 19 to round out the podium.

Photos courtesy of Trent Gower Photography. 

OPENING STATEMENT: SCHUCHART SCORES TWO WINS AND BIG GATOR TO START 2021

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2021 – With the focus of many sports fans zeroing in on Florida Super Sunday, Team Drydene’s Logan Schuchart put an exclamation point on the start of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign. Schuchart wheeled the Drydene Performance Products/DRF Racing Formulas Shark Racing No. 1s to victory in Sunday’s finale of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida to conclude a remarkable first week of Sprint car competition.

The victory capped a week of dominance by the Hanover, PA driver. He won Wednesday night’s DIRTcar opener, sanctioned by the All-Star Circuit of Champions, after starting 13th and finished second on Thursday. He charged from 7th to second Friday night in the Outlaws’ 2021 season opener. The consistency of his four top-two finishes earned the Shark Racing team the DIRTcar Nationals title and iconic “Big Gator.

“It was an incredible start to our season,” said Schuchart. “We couldn’t be here with the great support of Drydene Performance Products. We were confident when we showed up here to practice Tuesday and just kept getting better every night. It was great having Dave Klinger down here to support us and also having Drydene customers enjoy this with us is what it’s all about. We needed power and reliability all week and the DRF we run kept us ahead of the competition. We are all so excited about the start of the season.”

Schuchart’s teammate and fellow Team Drydene racer, Jacob Allen, finished seventh and eighth in the opening two WoO A-Mains, his best two finishes at the track, to begin his eighth season with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

Sunday’s win was Schuchart’s 24th career World of Outlaws A-Main triumph and second at Volusia. Since the start of the 2019 season, Shark Racing has won 17 WoO A-Mains and every one of them has been with DRF in their Newman’s Racing Engines. 

“We had confidence coming down here, but when it pays off like it means a lot,” Schuchart . “When your confidence is high, your team feels good, and you perform better. It definitely feels good doing this against the quality of cars we had here. The Outlaws are so stacked this year and we’ve got a lot of good invaders joining us. My grandfather’s dream is looking awesome, though. I’m really proud of this Shark Racing team.”

Schuchart leaves Florida as the point leader over two-time and reigning WoO champion Brad Sweet. It’s just the start of a 90-plus nights of racing that concludes in Charlotte in November.  Be sure to catch every lap of every WoO race, both Sprints and Late Models, live on DIRTVision.com presented by Drydene.

SHARK RACING CONTINUING BOBBY ALLEN’S DREAM COMPETING WITH THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS IN 2021

• Drydene Performance Products Enters Third Season As Primary Sponsor for Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen
• NGK Spark Plugs returns as a key partner for a third consecutive WoO tour with Shark Racing
• C&D Rigging Inc. steps up as a major Associate Partner in 2021

• JVI Group joins the team as “Official Transportation Partner” of Shark Racing
• Taggart’s Powersports also new to team in 2021 

HANOVER, Pennsylvania (January 8, 2021) – “Never Give Up” has always been the mantra for Bobby Allen. The Hall of Fame Sprint car driver and Shark Racing’s leader always wanted to be the best and for everyone that loves a feel good story, they are happy “Scruffy” has never given up his desire to do so.  

One of the “Original Outlaws” will continue his passion for success competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series (WoO) this season with his son, Jacob Allen, and grandson, Logan Schuchart, at dirt tracks all across the United States.

Shark Racing begins its eighth year of competition with the Outlaws February 5, 2021 at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals where they will be looking add to their gator collection after Schuchart capped last year’s event with a thrilling triumph.

“This has been my dream to get these boys out here not only racing with the Outlaws, but competing for wins a championship,” said Allen. “It took everyone that ever helped me to get us here and I can’t thank them all enough. There were a lot of doubters when we came out here in 2014 that we could make. Like I said with the help of a lot people and the hard work of Logan and Jacob and the guys that we have had working for us, we are getting there. In 2017 and 2018, we started getting sponsors that helped us make a move upward and then in 2019 and 2020 when Dave Klinger and Drydene stepped up in a big way and we added NGK, Kevin and Doug from C&D last year, we proved we can compete at the highest level. I’m excited that we have added new partners like JVI this year and hopefully we can continue our climb.”

Schuchart’s 2020 opening weekend victory was a preview of what was to come for the central Pennsylvania-based team during a season that required a lot of perseverance. Schuchart was in the WoO championship mix throughout the campaign following his first Volusia triumph, leading the points standings in May and again in August.

The 28-year-old also scored his first crown jewel event triumph with his Jackson Nationals victory last June, a win that added Schuchart’s name to list of winners that includes his grandfather, who claimed the Jackson Nationals in 1986. In all, Schuchart captured seven WoO A-Main triumphs concluding the Outlaws season with a win at Charlotte last November. Schuchart wasn’t the only Drydene Performance Products driver to score a WoO A-Main victory in 2020. After numerous runner-up finishes, Jacob Allen became an Outlaw winner in September with his victory at Dodge City Raceway Park. The win was celebrated by almost everyone in motorsports as social media blew up after Allen crossed the finish line ahead of Schuchart on that fall Friday night.

The goal for Shark Racing is to continue climbing the ladder in one of racing’s premiere and, arguably, most grueling series. In 2021, the Shark Racing is looking to consistently compete for wins and a championship. Goals made possible through what they have learned during the past seven seasons on the road and also because of the people that support the team. A core group of crew members that includes Tyler Garber, Ronald Helmick, Ben Witman and Brendan Collum provides stability in a sport that has very unique challenges.

The right combination of partners, personnel and equipment are the key to maintaining Shark Racing’s trajectory towards the top.

DRYDENE MEANS BUSINESS

For the third consecutive season, Drydene Performance Products, who offers a full product line of motor and grease oils, transmission and hydraulic fluids and diesel exhaust fluids, will serve as the primary sponsor on Allen’s No. 1a and Schuchart’s 1s. Since first jumping on Schuchart’s No. 1s machine back in May 2018 at Charlotte, Drydene has become a prominent influence in grassroots racing, with major sponsorships in WoO Late Models including Ricky Weiss, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist and Rick Eckert, to being presenting sponsors of DIRTVision and official partners of both the WoO Sprint and Late Model series. Drydene’s commitment to Shark Racing has been a major factor in the teams ascension to the upper echelon of the WoO Sprint series.

The company’s commitment to Shark Racing and the sport runs deeper than just branding on the cars, uniforms, hats and t-shirts. In January 2019, Drydene began developing a racing oil, Drydene Racing Formulas (DRF), and worked closely with Newman’s Racing Engines analyzing both the on-track performance, Shark Racing has won 16 WoO A-Mains since they started exclusively using the racing oil, and improved engine and component wear. The results have proven to be everything Drydene was hoping for. 

CONTINUITY FROM NGK, C&D RIGGING AND PELLS TIRE SERVICE

Partnerships have been vital for Logan and Jacob’s growth. Major Associate partners NGK Spark Plugs and C&D Rigging continue to be integral parts of Shark Racing. NGK has provided spark plugs for Shark Racing since 2018 and increased their support the past two seasons. Schuchart has enjoyed being an NGK brand ambassador and participated in several promotions with Team NGK. Shark Racing is looking forward to continuing to build this relationship in 2021.

Timing is everything and last January C&D Rigging Inc. owners Kevin Sassaman and Doug Hetrick attended SHARKFEST just weeks before the team headed to Florida. That’s all it took and they joined the team as sponsors before the event concluded. The company, a full service rigging and millwrighting contractor, was founded in April 2013 and provides scheduled maintenance, emergency services and new construction. Sassaman and Hetrick were in Volusia for Speedweeks and along with their families supported the team at a number of events throughout 2020 and the team is looking forward to having their friends from C&D at a number of races in 2021 as well.

For those that have followed Scruffy’s career, they’ll recognize Pell’s Tire Service. The Coldwarter, Michigan company owned by Mark Pell has supported Allen since he was driving and continued that from the moment Logan and Jacob began competing. Mark is at the track when the team is racing anywhere close to Michigan and reported that Pells Tire Service, just like Shark Racing, had an terrific year in 2020.

JVI GROUP BECOMES OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION PARTNER FOR SHARK RACING

Successfully traveling across the country and competing in the demanding 90-plus nights of action can be one of the toughest parts about being a full time Outlaw. Anyone that knows the Shark Racing story can recall some of the challenges the team has faced during their time on the road. Shark Racing is proud to announce the addition of JVI Group as the official transportation partner of the team. JVI Group’s Sam Elicker is big supporter of short track racing and the team is excited to represent the Dillsburg, PA based company that offers a full range of construction services from excavation, paving, plowing and equipment hauling.

#IWANTTOPUSHSHARKRACING

Shark Racing is also pleased to announce the addition of Taggart’s Powersports Inc. as a Shark Racing supporter. The team will utilize a pair of 2021 Polaris Phoenix 200’s to get their cars to the staging lanes and pushed out for the A-Mains each night. Allen and Schuchart will also use the ATV’s to check out the tracks during race nights. Be on the lookout for news of a special promotion around this partnership being held in June.

PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS REMAIN IN TACT

Bobby Allen has built his Shark Racing team over the years with hard work and collaborating with very smart people.

Shark Racing has their own dedicated engine program, which “Scruffy” admits is one of the main reasons Logan and Jacob can complete for wins every night. Michael Newman works closely with the team to stay ahead of the competition and has high-performing reliable engines. DRF, NGK, All-Pro Cylinder heads, BAM Lifters, Diamond Pistons, Engler Machine & Tool, Smith Titanium, Walker Filtration, Schoenfeld Headers, and Donovan all help keep Shark Racing near the top of the board each night.

Both drivers will continue run Triple X race cars and utilize a number of components from DMI, Smith Titanium and Moose Blocks, Inc. Factory Kahne shocks and Keizer Wheels are also key to the team’s success and both Logan and Jacob are protected by using products from Bell Helmets and K1 RaceGear.

For more information or to keep up with the team’s progress in 2021, please follow them through social platforms Facebook(SharkRacing), Twitter (@SharkRacingWoO) and Instagram (SharkRacing1a1s) or visit. SharkRacing1.com

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WITH 2020 IN THE BOOKS, FOCUS TOWARDS 2021 BEGINS

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HANOVER, PA (Nov. 16, 2020) After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”

He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.

“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”

While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.

Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.

Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.

“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”

Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.

Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.

“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.

“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.

That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.

“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.

“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”

SCHUCHART SCORES LAST CALL TRIUMPH TO CLOSE 2020 WOO SEASON

Courtesy of WoOSprint.com by Nick Graziano
CONCORD, NC (Nov. 8, 2020) – Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart closed out the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season the same way they opened it.

Schuchart won the DIRTcar Nationals finale in February, while Sweet claimed the event’s title. Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schuchart won the race, while Sweet was officially crowned the 2020 champion.

“We overcame a lot of adversity to have four DNFs and to still win the points,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, about his 2020 season. “I thought we showed our resilience this week and we came here and executed, I thought, perfectly.

“We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship. Hats off to our competitors. Logan (Schuchart) gave me a good run for my money all season long and the 41 (Jason Johnson Racing) bunch… nothing but respect from all of us here. Obviously, we want to win and stay on top of the mountain.”

Schuchart and his Shark Racing team kept the pressure on Sweet for the championship all year long. The two swapped the points lead twice during the season, but Schuchart’s effort came up short Friday night at The Dirt Track. By Sweet finishing ahead of him, the reigning champion secured enough points to clinch his second consecutive title.

However, that did little to diminish Schuchart’s hunger for another win. His last trip to Victory Lane was in September. So, with a championship mentality no longer needed, Schuchart went full king shark Saturday night.

He set Quick Time in his Qualifying flight; finished second in his Drydene Heat Race; finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; and dusted Sweet in the 30-lap Feature to earn his seventh win of the season and third win at The Dirt Track.

“We came into this weekend saying we just wanted to end strong,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We knew certain things were out of our control. Last night was a challenge, but we made up for it a little bit. To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome.

“We weren’t able to get the champion. But fifth last year and second this year (in points). This Shark Racing team is coming. We’re going to continue to try and get better and move forward.”

Sweet was the early contender for the win, claiming the pole for the Feature and led the three opening laps. But Schuchart had the NAPA Auto Parts #49 in sight the entire time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With a run down the front stretch, Schuchart pulled the trigger and shot a slide job underneath Sweet into Turn 1 and cleared him for the lead by Turn 2.

From then on, the Drydene #1S held command out front. Sweet closed on him in traffic but could never get close enough to attempt a pass.

“I wish I wouldn’t have lost the lead to Logan because I felt like the way the race played out I never really got another great opportunity to get by him,” Sweet said. “Just started out the race just a little off. But it came to me. I felt like we were just as good as Logan in open air. And that says a lot, because he’s usually really good at this place.”

Aside from trying to run down Schuchart for the win, Sweet still had a championship to worry about, other than his own. His Kasey Kahne Racing team entered the night 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing. And JJR’s driver David Gravel didn’t help ease the pressure off Sweet throughout the night.

Gravel set overall Quick Time for the second night in a row and beat Sweet for the win in their Drydene Heat Race. By the luck of the draw, Sweet started on the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won, claiming the Feature’s pole position. Gravel finished fourth.

In the Feature, Gravel stole third on the first lap and kept Sweet in sight throughout the entire event. Gravel could close on him after a restart, but Sweet pulled away over time in clean air. To have any shot at bringing JJR the team title, he needed to beat Sweet and hope that “The Big Cat” fell at least 11 positions behind him.

He came up short on that goal and ended the season with a third-place finish.

“I knew we had a chance (at beating Sweet),” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Just lacked a little bit there. We were pretty good, but Brad and Logan were really really good there. We could hang with them on the restart and I had some good runs and Brad made a move and blocked my lane. That was kind of my only chance.”

The race was also Gravel’s final drive behind the wheel of the JJR #41 car. He’ll join Big Game Motorsports in 2021 for a championship run.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz ended the night with a sixth-place finish and ended the year third in the championship standings. That breaks his 14-year streak of finishing first or second in points.

Sheldon Haudenschild had a career best season, finishing fourth in points with a career-high seven wins in a single season. Carson Macedo also had a new career achievement by finishing fifth in points with Kyle Larson Racing. Macedo will join Jason Johnson Racing in 2021 as KLR closes this year.

The Last Call was 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman’s final race as a full-time Series driver. He capped off his career with a ninth-place run at The Dirt Track and finished seventh in the championship standings.

Now, with the 2020 season completed, the World of Outlaws will look to 2021 and, again, open the season in February at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. A new beginning to Sweet and Schuchart’s budding competitive tale.